Students from Central High School in High Point, N.C., cheer as they enter the auitorium at D.C.'s Eastern High School on December 3. The North Carolina students, who are participating in "40 Days of Nonviolence: Building the Beloved Community," encouraged their local counterparts to take the 40-Day Pledge Against Nonviolence. The 40 days, which will start on the Martin Luther King Day of Service, Janaury 21, 2008, focuses on staying in school and performing service in honor of Dr. King. In 1994, Congress designated the King Holiday as a national day of service, and participation has grown each year, spearheaded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and thousands of community organizations, businesses, schools, and university groups nationwide. As part of this effort, the National Alliance of Faith and Justice has organized the PEN or PENCIL B.U.S. Boycott Service-Learning Movement, an effort to emphasize the importance of choosing the pencil (education) over the pen (penitentiary), and reduce behavior that might lead to negative contact with law enforcement. Organizations involved in the event included the National Alliance of Faith and Justice, Communities in Schools, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that sponsors the King Day of Service. Corporation photo by M. T. Harmon, Office of Public Affairs.